Dawns Interplanetary Trajectory
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Dawn's Interplanetary Trajectory

November 8, 2012
This image shows the path Dawn takes from Earth, past Mars, to enter orbit around Vesta. After orbiting the Sun with Vesta, Dawn leaves Vesta to rendezvous with Ceres, and its primary mission ends in orbit there. Dawn’s trajectory is blue when it is spending most of its time thrusting and brown when it is spending most of its time coasting. For simplicity, the regular weekly interruptions in thrusting to point the main antenna to Earth are not shown after Mars.

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